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Adam Linn interview with Justin McCain

AL: You have been touring all over the U.S., do you have any plans to do a European tour?

JM: Not yet, but we do hope to do a European tour sometime soon.

AL: Given the drive and passion you have for music, do you feel you are a role model for small or unknown bands?

JM: I think so, I mean you just need to love to play music.

AL: Is there any band you are tired of being compared to? How do you feel you are different from them?

JM: Not really, we have our own style of music and our own sound. I think the only thing setting us apart from other bands is our passion for music and the fact that we’re not one of those bands that is separated from its fan base. We will play a set and then later be in the crowd with everyone taking pictures.

AL: Yeah, I saw Emphatic’s Facebook® page with all the fan-submitted pictures of you guys with them. You had the black tears under your eyes.

JM: That stuff was super difficult to get off.

AL: What milestone do you feel you have reached as a band?

JM: Well, we got our CD out and we’re on tour with a bunch of great bands.

AL: Aside from music, what are you emphatic about?

JM: (without hesitation) Music. Without a doubt, I love being in this band.

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Katie’s “Purpose”

Katie Martin’s Versatile Vocal Range is Mind Blowing add her Soul Filled Lyrics of Life mixed with her Amazing Acoustic Skills and you have one Marvelous Musician!

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Unique vocals, lyrics full of life–add amazing musicians in the mix and you have the makings for one mesmerizing musical journey!  Katie Martin’s freshman album Purpose is just that, ten soul-filled tracks showcasing Katie’s amazing talent and versatility as an artist!!

Had a few questions for this Talented MUSIC Maker starting with her vision for the album.

I didn’t realize I was making an album at first. I knew I had an amazing opportunity in front of me to get to work with Larry, so I was just taking him what I considered to be my best work each time that our schedules worked out in a way that I could go back into the studio. After a few songs though I knew I wanted to do a full album with him. It
wasn’t until I had all of the work sitting out in front of me that I was able to start to piece it together in the right order. The album isn’t focused on staying within the lines of a set genre but more on taking the listener on a journey.

You began your “Purpose”-filled journey in 2012 working with Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and Killer Guitarist Larry Mitchell  at his Studio The Chocolate Room in Opelika, Alabama.
How was it working with such a talent?

Working with Larry was an amazing experience. We got together to co-write a song (“I Feel You”) where I wrote the words and the vocals and he wrote all of the instrumental music. It’s amazing to watch him take the bare backbones of a song and then just fill in all of the other parts. If you’ve ever seen him perform live, you can get a taste of his skills when it comes to seamlessly layering guitar parts. He has a very ethereal sound and a lot of that comes through in his work on my album. As much as all of these songs are mine, I’ve heard them done a thousand different ways depending on who I play with and this album is very much a collaboration of my works with his style. His works speaks for itself, he’s got at least one Grammy and its not hard to see why when you get to watch him work firsthand. I learned a lot, and also was challenged a lot to grow as an artist. I knew I had gotten very lucky with the opportunity that I had and that constantly pushed me to be creating better more substantial work.

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David Rogers-Berry of O’Death Talks Creating and Curating

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I got a chance to speak with o’death drummer and percussionist David Rogers-Berry today ahead of the band’s upcoming gig at Terminal West with Murder By Death. Following the release of 2014’s Out Of Hands We Go, o’death had quite a bad October, losing all of their assets and equipment on the road in LA. But according to Berry, he’s ready to move past the bad times and look ahead, and o’death’s Spring tour is just the way to do that. Take a listen!

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Murder By Death w/ O’Death
March 12th @ Terminal West 8 PM
15 ADV/ $17 DOOR // 18+
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Eliot Bronson Releases New Goodness into the World!

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I first heard Eliot Bronson by accident early this year at Eddie’s Attic when I went to hear another band that was opening for Some Guy! That Guy blew my mind and, I might add, while playing to a record breaking sold out room! Bronson brought to mind Dylan with a Modern Edge, a Lyrical Genius!

Bronson returns to Eddie’s Oct 25th for the release of his self-titled album via Saturn 5 Records.

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